Letter from B. Green to Lewis Tappan
A letter from Beriah Green to Lewis Tappan that he is awaiting communication from the Amistad Committee regarding the Africans being sent to the Oneida Institute. Green states that if they are sent "their presence would very greatly modify our arrangements, I may say, radically" and Institute would be responsible for opening the Boarding Hall. He writes that Mr. Gaston would expect to devote his time to giving instruction to the Africans and the farm would be managed by the superintendent. If the Committee decides against sending the Africans to Oneida, "other methods would be adopted." Green states the suspense he and the Institute are in is "very embarrassing" and they "know not how to interpret this long silence" and speaks of the financial difficulties of the Institute, which necessitates communication from the Committee. Green hopes to pass along a copy of his book [The Miscellaneous Writings of Beriah Green] and that Tappan would "say a word friendly to it." Apparently, Joshua Leavitt as editor of The Emancipator has not commented on the book and yet it has book has been well reviewed in many papers and its sale is important to the Oneida Institute. Green mentions that he has sent a copy of a sermon to Tappan.